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May 16, 1959

A SMALL COMMUNITY HOSPITAL HANDLES A DISASTER

Author Affiliations

Chicago

Director of Disaster Plan, St. Anne's Hospital.

JAMA. 1959;170(3):277-279. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010030021005

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Abstract

Several basic factors appear important in planning a program for handling of mass disaster victims by a small community hospital. The first 24-hour treatment program must be outlined in detail. Team approach is the only logical one, with provision for alternate chiefs. Frequent practice sessions are necessary, and stockpiles of dressings, drugs, aged plasma, and electrolytes must be kept available. In any sizable disaster, the exposed method is the only way to handle burn cases. Identification tags for school children appear desirable. Police should have information about available hospitals in given areas and their casualty capacity. The hospital involved in the situation reported here, a school fire, has 350 beds.

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